Hello all! I have searched within the Behavioral Forum and did not find the answer to my dilemma. Here is the deal with Petunia my 4 yr old Tortie. I have noticed lately that she will grip things in her mouth and drag them all over the floor, even sometimes going into other rooms with the objects, all the while making this weird almost crying noise. Im wondering if this behavior is instinctual being that she is female, although she is fixed and unable to have any babies. Ive seen mother cats hold their kittens in their mouths before and Im thinking Petunia is liking my shirts/pillows, etc to how she would act if she did have babies of her own. Can someone please shed some light on this behavior for me. Im curious because the sound she makes when she does this makes me wonder if she is in distress of some kind because that is what it sounds like. Is there any way for me to curb this behavior? She usually will wait until I am no longer in the room or have left the house before she does this, and the sound she makes is rather loud. Does anyone else experience this behavior in their female cats? Petunia is the first female cat I have ever owned so Im not used to this.
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4/29/06 at 8:16am